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Rape or Rape-Rape?

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Because apparently, to some parts of our society (and most specifically Whoopi Goldberg who came up with this Polanski defense on The View) there’s a difference. Folks, and I say this with great anger and disgust, there is no difference. This isn’t high school, I’m not standing at my locker asking my friend if Bobby likes me or like-likes me, rape is what it is, and what it is, is a horrible act of sexual — and frequently gendered — violence. This is the society we live in, where we come up with childish terms to excuse the behavior of a privileged and powerful white man.

In 1977, Roman Polanski was accused of giving a thirteen-year-old girl champagne and drugs, and then raping her. He was initially indicted on six felony counts, including rape by use of drugs, child molesting and sodomy. He pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse and was sentenced. This is why I call it rape and him a rapist. This is why I don’t use cutesy terms and this is why I don’t defend him.

It was rape.

He is a rapist.

According to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN), 1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime, and 1 out of 33 men. 29% of sexual assault and rape victims are between the ages of 12-17. Only about 6% of rapists ever serve a day in jail, or, to look at it in another way, 15 of 16 rapists walk free.

Roman Polanski walked free. He spent a short period of time under psychiatric evaluation and when he was sentenced to serve the rest of his 90 days he fled the country and for the past thirty years has been living as a free man.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. While you’re angry at Polanski and Goldberg, frustrated with the hundreds of entertainers who demanded Polanski be freed, and furious at the society in which we live that allows for marking a difference between “rape” and “rape-rape,” do your part to prevent rape and sexual violence. Support RAINN and speak out about what rape really is.

Rape-rape. Honestly.

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